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Very First Turantula!

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by ArachnidSpecilist, Mar 10, 2018.

  1. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoking Active Member

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    I love you, you know that right? But I have no idea what you just said...:shy:
     
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  2. Chris LXXIX

    Chris LXXIX Arachnoemperor Active Member

    Pfff... sweet lie :yawn:

    :kiss: :troll:

    In San Francisco (Frisco) at the Embarcadero, there's 'Boccalone Salumeria' (Google that) and one of the things they do, is serving cold cuts/salumi in a cone that reminds to me... cardboard, lol
     
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  3. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoking Active Member

    Lol, i guess other customers felt the same since it's permanently closed :D
     
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  4. octanejunkie

    octanejunkie Arachnopeon

    Congrats on your first T, sorry it's a stressful situation for you and she both

    As others have said, smaller enclosure, coco fiber substrate, and keep it dry - water dish only, don't mist the tank. Give the T a hide and some plastic plants but it will mostly just web up the ground or move things around to it's liking. Temporarily, you can house it in a medium critter keeper but the ideal size for an adult curly hair is about 12" x 8" floor space and no more than 5-6" climbing height, like others have said, fill with substrate to minimize height of fall.

    Do you have a food plan worked out? No real rush there if the T is stressed. You can delay feeding it for a week or more but make sure it always has access to water and don't stress it out too much with lights and poking around it's enclosure. I'm sure they were feeding it crickets so make sure when you do feed it you only feed one at a time and if it doesn't eat right away, that's fine, leave it in there, but don't leave a cricket in with the T for more than a day, crickets are opportunistic and predatory and can injure a T. I prefer rust red roaches as food, personally.

    Keep the areas around your T calm and darker in the beginning until it gets used to your house, and the key with temps is if you are comfortable the T will be too, 69 to 76 degrees F is fine for most terrestrials. Good luck and welcome to the hobby - baptism by fire style.
     
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  5. She's doing just fine right now! Only problem is that see spends all her time in her burrow and won't get out. Not very exciting:oops:. She has not eaten yet, I got a cricket in her burrow but she was not interested. Oh well, I'll just wait for her to catch it on her own.
     
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  6. octanejunkie

    octanejunkie Arachnopeon

    This is a hobby of patience and time with a pet that pretty much doesn't want to know from you for the most part LOL

    Let the T do it's thing, and don't make a habit of putting a prey item in it's burrow, that can startle a T. Tarantulas are sense hunters, let the prey walk around and the motion will trigger the T's instinct if it is interested. If it doesn't eat the prey in a day, remove it.
    These guys can go for weeks wtihout food so don't rush it. Let it settle in and try again. You will know when the T is settled in because it will be seen all around the enclosure, including on the glass. Staying in it's burrow is stress behaviour or it doesn't feel safe yet.

    Good luck getting used to it, and it to you :D
     
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  7. Thekla

    Thekla Arachnoknight Active Member

    Have you changed the substrate yet? Could you show us pictures of the whole enclosure? It's always easier to help with pictures. :)
     
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  8. Wolfspidurguy

    Wolfspidurguy Arachnobaron

    wow good find you dont need a flower or burrow and there terrestrial so a 10 gal tank seems a little overkill to me but congratulations i also recently bought my first T which is a brachypelma albopilosum as well. 0.5" brachypelma albopilosum to be exact i got it for 20$ with 30$ shipping (2 day shipping) from kenthebugguy.com i really recommend buying from him and bugsincyberspace.com for other inverts
     
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  9. She's definitely got less shy! She ate a cricket I gave her (weird thing was I couldn't find its carcass) and she takes some strolls.
    IMG_20180318_201440.jpg BOO :hilarious:
     
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  10. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoking Active Member

    Theraphosids don't leave carcasses. They mold the parts that they can't digest into a little ball called a bolus. You need to go read the pages i posted earlier for you ;)
     
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  11. The ball thing was what I mean't. Though I didn't know what their called. I'll read through your pages some more!
     
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  12. lovinonmybell

    lovinonmybell Arachnopeon

    Welcome :) I am a newbie as well, I've learned so much from arachnaboards as well as a couple group on Facebook. I just rescued an avic avic from PetSmart saterday, and she's taking her time getting use to her new home. Sometimes they can really take their time getting use to things but don't stress :) congrats!
     
  13. Mychajlo

    Mychajlo Arachnopeon

    @CyclingSam I mean like if the store sold it as a curly hair but it’s actually a rose hair
     
  14. Oh boy did Petco mess up with caring for my Curly Hair. I had no idea they were doing it wrong because I didn't really know that much about tarantulas ( I mostly just kept millipedes centipedes, and some cool bugs I came across in my house). They had super bright lights they told me to buy (no wonder it was hiding when I saw it at Petco, It loves to roam around now), a water dish that was way to big for it, a bunch of fake plants in the enclosure, a dozen crickets roaming around in the enclosure, and the substrate wasn't enough. Still got some cool silver on her cephalothorax though :D!
     
  15. Sorry PetCo I didn't mean to be so rude,
    Now that I have a female I'm looking for a male to pair them together. I did see another Curly Hair that was about 3 inches in legspan at PetCo but they didn't know the gender and I didn't want to risk it. I was wondering, can you pair Honduran Curly Hair Tarantula's with Nicaraguan Curly Hair Tarantula's? I might be buying one from The Invert Shop.
     
  16. Nightstalker47

    Nightstalker47 Arachnoprince Active Member

    No.
     
  17. :oops::oops::oops:
     
  18. BC1579

    BC1579 Arachnobaron

    I'm still green in this hobby (more of an olive drab sort of shade, but definitely still a newbie) so please don't take this the wrong way, but in the span of less than a month you've gone from questionable husbandry via poor pet store advice to wanting to pair tarantulas. What about caring for EWLs? Or a gravid female? What about sperm webs or drumming or phantom sacs? These, to me, seem like far more in-depth topics than choosing the proper substrate, enclosure size or lighting configurations.

    I will be the first to admit this hobby is as addictive as any other, but you may want to take a pause before plunging into pairing. I bought some tarantulas I probably wasn't truly ready for but it (fortunately) ended up working out. I'm not saying you can or can't pair or that you should or shouldn't. I'm just saying you may want to diversify your collection first or at least experience more of what your own T has to offer.

    Just my two cents, and best of luck to you. B. albos are, in my opinion, the "cutest" Ts in the game. I have only one and it is a tiny, tiny sling but it burrows like no one's business and is hell on pinhead crix. Yours is precious and I can't wait until mine gets fluffy.
     
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